The 1930 census for East Pittsburgh, PA, lists Ellie H. Bender, 64, Francis “Frank” David Bender, 44 (1885-1964), and William Raymond Bender, 42 (1887-1966). His father died 1 December 1907 from typhoid fever, from which he suffered since September. His father was an engineer at the Edgar Thompson steel plant and was a member of St. William’s Roman Catholic Church, East Pittsburgh.

He registered for the WW II draft in 1940 at age 34, describing himself as 5’7”, 155, brown hair with blue eyes. When he enlisted at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, on 12 April 1942, he lived in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Ruth P. Bender (1911-    ), daughter Marion Bender (1929-    ), son John Bender (1932-    ) and daughter Patricia Bender (1936-    ). He died in the crash of the B-24J. The bomber was shot down after a bombing mission over Insein, Burma. The family placed a memorial marker for SSgt. Bender in the Golden Gate National Cemetery. The Pittsburgh Press, 31 December 1943, printed “Sgt. John D. Bender,” is listed as missing in action, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bender of 400 Western Ave., East Pittsburgh. A graduate of St. William’s High School, he worked for the Edgar Thompson steel plant before entering the service 18 months ago. He has been overseas since July.

GLANCE, TALBOT CARLYLE, Staff Sergeant, # 14149234, USAAF


Born 15 July 1921 in Buncombe County, North Carolina, Talbot C. Glance was the first of three children born to John Marin Glance (1901-1978) and Paron Jane (Meadows) Glance (1901-1974). His two siblings were Laura Louise Glance (1925-1995) and Bill Dow Glance (1930-2011). He attended Mars Hill College for two years before enlisting.

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942 with a residence in Leicester, Buncombe Co., No. Carolina, age 20, stating he worked for his father. He described himself as 6’, 180 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted on 26 August 1942 in So. Carolina at Camp Croft. He had accumulated more than 200 combat missions over Burma, Thailand and the Andaman Islands (Asheville Citizen Times, 6 January 1945). He died in the crash of the B-24J. The bomber was shot down after a bombing mission over Insein, Burma. He is buried in the group grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. The same day upon which SSgt. Glance’s bomber was shot down, another veteran honored in the list of those lost on C-47B 3808 included North Carolina USAAF 2ndLt Everitt E. Briggs Jr., flying P-51 fighter escort (Rocky Mount Telegram, 31 December 1943) for that bombing mission. The Ashville Citizen-Times, 6 January 1945, reported that the parents of SSgt. Glance and others received awards in ceremonies.

The Asheville Citizen-Times, 9 December 1943, reported SSgt Glance was missing in action. It quoted the telegram received by his parents then added that he graduated from Leicester High School (1937) and Mars College (1939) and then was stationed at Camp Croft, South Carolina, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Atlantic City, New Jersey. He attended radio operator school at Sioux Falls, South Dakota then gunnery school at Las Vegas, Nevada. He had further training at Tucson, AZ, and finally combat training at El Paso, Texas.